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Weapons of Choice: Axis of Time, Book 1 | [John Birmingham]

Weapons of Choice: Axis of Time, Book 1

History is rewritten in an instant as the future smashes into the past, and high-tech hardware goes head to head with World War Two technology. In the chaos that ensues, thousands are killed, but the maelstrom has only just begun. The veterans of Pearl Harbor have never seen a helicopter, or a cruise missile - let alone nanotechnology, ceramic bullets, and F22 Raptor stealth jetfighters. Allied and Axis forces are then caught in a desperate struggle to gain the upper hand.
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Publisher's Summary

The impossible has spawned the unthinkable. In 2021, a quantum military experiment goes horrifically wrong. A multinational taskforce of ultra-modern warships is suddenly transported back in time to 1942...right into the path of the U.S. naval battle group bound for Midway Atoll.

History is rewritten in an instant as the future smashes into the past, and high-tech hardware goes head to head with World War Two technology. In the chaos that ensues, thousands are killed, but the maelstrom has only just begun. The veterans of Pearl Harbor have never seen a helicopter, or a cruise missile - let alone nanotechnology, ceramic bullets, and F22 Raptor stealth jetfighters.

Allied and Axis forces are then caught in a desperate struggle to gain the upper hand - each hoping to tip the balance with a fist full of 21st-century firepower. What happens next is anybody's guess - and everybody's nightmare.

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©2005 John Birmingham; (P)2009 Audible, Inc.

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    Nelson Glen Burnie, MD, United States 01-20-11
    Nelson Glen Burnie, MD, United States 01-20-11 Listener Since 2009

    A school bus driver for 10 years and love the kids. They make you feel so young!

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    "Superb!"

    This is a great read and Jay Snyder does a wonderful job of it. Wow, what a Tom Clancy type action tech thriller. I can't put it down and can't wait to read the next one. A terrific science fiction time twister indeed. Fabulous!

    8 of 8 people found this review helpful
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    Dave Adelaide, SA, Australia 04-05-09
    Dave Adelaide, SA, Australia 04-05-09
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    "Alternate history book"

    This is a brand new genre for me. The idea that the near future can meld into 1942 is mind blowing.

    The great reading by Jay Snyder paints the picture so well.

    Some very interesting mind warps to boot. 10/10!

    7 of 8 people found this review helpful
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    john elk grove, CA, United States 04-25-11
    john elk grove, CA, United States 04-25-11 Member Since 2011
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    "weapons of Choice- Excellent!"

    This is a great read- if you a history buff and loved how things unfolded at midway, this is a great alternate universe read. I can see this as a major motion picture with Tom Hanks as Kolhammer. This would be a great movie trilogy.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Jesse Lovettsville, Va United States 03-19-09
    Jesse Lovettsville, Va United States 03-19-09 Member Since 2002

    Long commutes have turned me into a dedicated Audible fan. Looking at my stats I can't believe I have 825 titles in my Library.

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    "Excellent Alternate History"

    I really enjoyed the premise of this book and rank the storytelling right up there with Jack Campbell's "Lost Fleet Series" in the intensity of the action and portrayal of characters.

    There may be too much gratuitous sex sprinkled throughout though. I really don't need to know about Beria getting ready to masturbate to pornography while talking to Stalin (book 3). And way too much with Slim Jim.

    Worth the credits.


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    jason Caldwell, OH, United States 03-07-12
    jason Caldwell, OH, United States 03-07-12 Member Since 2011
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    "Excellent Story! Reminds me of The Final Countdown"

    I thought this book was really great. I was a little skeptical after reading a few negative reviews, but I have to say this is by far one of my best purchases w/ Audible so far!

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    Jerry 05-22-10
    Jerry 05-22-10 Member Since 2007
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    "realistic SiFi"

    buying the next in the series

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    nancy Panama City, FL, United States 07-08-09
    nancy Panama City, FL, United States 07-08-09 Member Since 2004
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    "Too much of everything"

    Yes I realize this is a combination of the past and future but I became overloaded with the political correctness, e.g., a super aircraft carrier named the USS Hillary Clinton et al. The narrator could not go from male to female voices with so many flashbacks I lost track of past or future, male or female, what ship we were on etc. I pulled the plug when there seemed to be no end to the emesis on board one of the ships; I was ready to vomit myself.

    Half way through part 1 of 3 I kissed off my purchase fee. I have downloaded over 1300 books from Audible and I can not remember the last time I gave up on a book, save your money, this one is just not worth even the member price.

    This was a pitiful attempt to remake a classic;The Final Countdown & starring Kirk Douglas, Katherine Ross and Martin Sheen while dodging plagiarism.

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    Dale San Diego, CA, United States 10-31-09
    Dale San Diego, CA, United States 10-31-09 Member Since 2004
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    "Tedious plot development, worse reader"

    Fairly poorly done sci-fi, but what really kills it is the tedious enuciate - each - word - painfully - laboriously reader. Worse, the gent doesn't even pronounce nautical terms correctly!! I list to a LOT of audiobooks but couldn't make it through this one!

    8 of 14 people found this review helpful
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    David Huntington Woods, MI, USA 07-09-09
    David Huntington Woods, MI, USA 07-09-09 Member Since 2007
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    "Not a bad read, but think twice before you buy"

    I read the reviews prior to purchasing and saw several had mentioned the language of the book as a negative. I can tolerate most language, but WHOA... I wasn't prepared for the rampant use of the N-word, the F-bomb, and other racial slurs.

    I also found the book to have several areas that are unbelievable, even for sci-fi. The author does a fairly good job setting the scene of the 1940's, but I find some of the technology from 2021 (just a mere 12 years away) to be a stretch. The author fails to recognize how slow the military is to implement cutting edge technology.

    The narrator is decent and makes an effort to sound like the real historical figures (like Roosevelt and JFK).

    Unlike other reviewers, I did push through to the end, but it was a difficult task. Overall, I wouldn't recommend this book to most people.

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    Andy United States 08-24-13
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    Would you try another book from John Birmingham and/or Jay Snyder?

    Yes


    What could John Birmingham have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

    Made the story less technical.


    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    The female voices the male narrator created where annoying.


    If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from Weapons of Choice?

    Many of the technical descriptions.


    Any additional comments?

    none

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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